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Report: Isaiah Thomas headed to Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade

Jul 11, 2014, 6:51 PM EDT

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Jeff Hornacek is going to go small next year. Apparently.

The Phoenix Suns already have third team All-NBA player Goran Dragic under contract and have promised to match any offer for Eric Bledsoe (which has yet to come). Behind them they have promising rookie Tyler Ennis, breakout star Gerald Green, and Archie Goodwin.

And pretty soon Isaiah Thomas.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the story and Sam Amick of the USA Today adds details

The Kings didn’t have a lot of leverage in this sign-and-trade because they had no intention of matching the offer. While the Kings brain trust was divided on Thomas’ worth, the people with the power were done with him — they didn’t want him to start and Thomas is tired of feeling jerked around in Sacramento. The era of the Pizza Guy ads are done and that makes me sad.

For the Suns, getting Thomas at basically $7 million a year is a good deal — he is small and lightning quick, he averaged 20 points a game with a very efficient .574 true shooting percentage because he can get to the rim and he knocks down shots. He’s not helping on defense much, to be fair. Now the Suns have some real trade assets available if they want. In the short term, they go small and it’s going to be entertaining to watch the Suns. (Plus they still have cap space and are expected to make a run at Luol Deng and others. They need to replace what Channing Frye brought.)

The Kings… this is confusing, honestly. If you have doubts about Thomas’ ceiling I can understand that but that is still a fair price considering the production. Thomas has done nothing but beat out every guy brought in to take his job, and somehow that pissed off someone in Sacramento, I guess. Their off-season has been haphazard, not sure what they are trying to build.

  1. edavidberg - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    The Kings are stupid. They never recognized how good Thomas is and how bad the guys they tried replacing him with are.

    • andreboy1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      It’s hard to be a Kings fan.

      Thomas has serious game and now I get to watch Collison try to score and run a team.

      • fanofthegame1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        They went with a cheaper Collison, who is nothing more than a back-up. You would think after watching him in Indiana and Dallas, that was pretty obvious.

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I’ll say it again, the Suns would make serious noise in the East.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      The E-League might be fun to watch next season. At least we know it won’t be Miami/IND in the ECF.

  3. cluelessdufus - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I wonder if that means Bledsoe isn’t coming back. It would be fun to see what these 3 could do, but I think that’s too much money spent on the backcourt. Hopefully a sign and trade can happen for Bledsoe that way the suns get something.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      They’ve already said there locally that Bledsoe is their top priority guy to build around.

  4. paleihe - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    “For the Suns, getting Thomas at basically $7 million a year is a good deal — she is small and lightning quick…”

    Really? She? Come on.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Don’t usually comment on grammar or spelling mistakes, but I got a huge chuckle out of that one.

      • paleihe - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Me too.

        I understand they they’re doing, pumping out a bunch of articles and don’t have time to proofread everything, but I couldn’t let that one slide.

      • mcmystery76 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        How about true suns percentage? Lol

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Yup, that one was good, but I personally liked: “a very efficient .574 true Suns percentage”.

      I want a “true Suns percentage”!

      • therealhtj - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        It’s probably when you’ve almost got a legitimate contender, but then your cheap owner refuses to spend to get them over the hump.

        True Suns Percentage = 0% Championships

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Very insightful, thank you!

    • barmstrong63 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      But even on slow days the grammar & spelling is atrocious at times.

    • money2long - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      I like girls quick too.

  5. JMClarkent - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    My hope is that they are going to move Thomas to the 4 and write a children’s book – “The Little Power Forward that Could,”

    • zoomy123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM


  6. claymatthewshairplugs - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I didn’t realize that Isaiah Thomas didn’t have a Y chromosome and was the first female in the NBA. Who’s proofreading these articles. haha

  7. saint1997 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Kings are in nonstop WTF mode

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      They need a few more SG’s, maybe next year in the lottery is a good spot.

  8. muathjam21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Have no idea what the hell the Kings are doing. Should’ve just moved them to San Jose. Something in the air in Sactown isn’t right.

  9. realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Good deal for them. The Suns are going to be fun to watch this year. I’ll get my tickets.

  10. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Sounds like Bledsoe can be had for the max. Or Phoenix wants all the guards.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Suns will still match any offer for Bledsoe. Benefit of Thomas coming with a team-friendly deal.

  11. campcouch - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    And Phoenix is doing what exactly? Loading up on guards? I would think that getting another big or keeping Frye would be better. Dealing with the 4s and 5s out West seems more of an issue than PGs and combo guards.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      lillard,chris paul,conley,harden,wes mathews,koby,westbrook,tony parker, monta ellis,rubio,ginobli, crawford for the clips etc. Some tough guards to deal with.

      • campcouch - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        yes they are,but none of the guys they’ve signed/retained or drafted are stopping that list,nor are those guards stopping the bigs of the West. I’m just saying they should’ve focused on inside help more than having 7 guards on the roster.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Yea camp, i agree with you, it’s alot of dollars in the backcourt but bledsoe is injury prone also. I was just saying the west has a lot of tough guards also. Didn’t understand letting channing frye go unless they didn’t trust his health.

      • campcouch - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        PHX may have some moves planned. Somebody has to go to clear up the backcourt. Unless they plan on running 3 guards…which they could, Hornacek wasn’t a slouch as a guard himself so he may have a vision.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Yea, i was thinking about tyler ennis from Syracuse which is about 1 hour from me, getting drafted into that full backcourt must suck. Although he probably could of used another year in college.

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Markeiff Morris, the first player from Kansas to not suck since Paul Pierce. They drafted Alex Len in the top 5 last year. I wouldn’t say they got no bigs. Sure, not like Duncan, Davis, LA, Griffin and Cousins, but check where all those guys were drafted, lets just say really high (1,1,2,1,5)

  12. csbanter - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Too many guards and only one basketball. In the west Phoenix need a big man that can bang with the big boys Duncan,Dirk, Aldridge,Howard. Isiah Thomas won’t get the Suns over the hump.

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Dirk doesn’t bang, he shoots. All those other guys were drafted 1 or 2, you don’t just go get those types.

  13. smcgaels1997 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    He wanted to be a starter..Scn wanted a 6th man so he pretty much stonewalled his way out…into a 6th man spot. Smooth

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Sac didn’t want to pay him. That is why he is gone, only reason.

  14. luz56 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Suns make a great move but it’s not a position of need… I like many wonder when the BIG trade is coming.. Possibly to LA in a sign and trade for Gasol and Bledsoe

    • bruiserbrigade - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Suns can sign Gasol without giving the Lakers ANYTHING, and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.

      Lakers fans SMH.

  15. phillysports1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Agree with campcouch 100%

  16. phillysports1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    They need a big man ! Monroe is still available.

  17. funregardsradioustad - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Isaiah Thomas is one of those rare professional sports player who does nothing but give 110%! This guy has the desire to win! At one point last year the Kings were the only team that had 3 players who averaged over 20 points a game and Isaiah was one of them! What the hell does this guy have to do to prove himself worthy! He has bettered every other player they brought in such as Vasquez? Hmm he did not last to long as the starter, then they shipped him off to Toronto. They say Isaiah is a risk on defense? Okay, well so was Mike Bibby, but he managed to remain the Kings point guard for many seasons and was a scorer and productive. I think Isaiah would have been better than Bibby for the Kings if he had just been given the chance that he EARNED! I am sick of the Kings! All we ever see is dumb ass moves like this and another losing season of being the worst team in the NBA to look forward to. What brilliant moves have they made so far this year? NONE! Collison? sheeez give me a break! Looks like I will need to become a Sun’s fan so I can watch and root for a real professional who brings it every day! Wish you all the best Isaiah and I am sure we will see you on the All Star Team someday, unfortunately just not wearing a Kings Uniform.

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